Refusing to rust into oblivion

Philomena Cullen

The Year of Consecrated Life begins in November 2015. Here we outline the new strategy of the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul to carry forward their charism of service to those in poverty. Philomena Cullen is a pastoral theologian and development manager for DCSVP Services.

Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul Services: Rationale
As a Catholic community, we have become familiar with a story of religious life in sharp decline; with the ever-present sound of a ticking demographic time-bomb, counting down the years when those who have vowed themselves to consecrated life will no longer be as visible a sacramental sign of God?s grace in our church and society. Already we feel their lack of presence in our schools, hospitals and charities that they once so visibly ran, perhaps even just a decade or two before.

The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, founded in Paris in 1633, and active in Britain for over 150 years, in common with most other apostolic societies1 and religious orders, are dealing with the painful reality of declining numbers and an increasingly ageing profile.2??

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